MTV Execs Think MTV Is Showing Kiddie Porn

MTV’s latest hit show has enticed viewers with plenty of skin. But is the skin in SKINS actually jailbait for the channel’s executives? Is MTV showing something that amounts to kiddie porn? They think it might.

MTV’s latest hit show that is degrading the culture is called Skins; a remake of a popular British show, Skins is all about the lives of teens and all the sex they have and the drugs they do. Apparently the British show was good - I don’t know for certain, but it definitely inspired the Guardian to write this excellent piece about class consciousness in the British take versus the American take.

Anyway, as an MTV show about teen sex Skins pushes the envelope (as the net has always done), but it’s possible they’ve pushed it even farther than they’re comfortable with. Apparently an upcoming episode that has a naked 17 year old boy running down the street, and that prompted an emergency executive meeting. According to The New York Times, ‘the executives wondered aloud who could possibly face criminal prosecution and jail time if the episodes were broadcast without changes.’

America is notoriously skittish about teen sexuality, and the laws about child porn in this country are vague and sweeping. Technically the image of the 17 year old’s naked backside could be considered kiddie porn if it were ‘sufficiently sexually suggestive,’ says the Department of Justice.

That hasn’t stopped the whole country from getting its barely legal fix, though. Youth stars are being sexualized at younger ages, and Miley Cyrus and Vanessa Hudgens have led the vanguard of self-generated sexy pics of a dubiously legal nature.

“There are times when I look at mainstream culture and think it is skirting up against the edge of child pornography law,” Amy M. Adler, an NYU law professor, told the New York Times.

MTV is going to be editing future episodes of Skins to try and keep their executive candyasses out of the slammer.

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